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NASCAR Nationwide driver Chase Elliott looks over his ride after practice rounds at NHMS on Friday, July 11, 2014.  (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)

Younger Elliott has a future to believe in

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The words leaked from his lips with little notice, likely because they were exactly what someone in his racing boots would be expected to say. Chase Elliott, after all, was 18 years old, never having raced a full season in a NASCAR national tour, making the sixth Nationwide Series start of his career, and yet there he was in Victory … 0

Race for the Chase – A look at the contenders to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup field

Thursday, July 10, 2014

JIMMIE JOHNSON Team: Hendrick Motorsports Wins: 3 Points: 596 Top 5s: 6 Top 10s: 12 Best finish at NHMS: 1st (July 2003, Sept. ’03, June ’10) Average finish at NHMS: 9.6 Last year at NHMS: 6th in July, 4th in Sept. Did you know? Last year he became the third driver with six … 0

As NASCAR crowds loom, state to test wood for bugs

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New Hampshire’s forest rangers are cautioning visitors to this weekend’s NASCAR race: If you’re camping, buy the firewood locally or have a certificate showing it’s been heat-treated. They’re trying to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer, an invasive species that has destroyed millions of ash trees during the past decade. It’s … 0

Keselowski shows again that he’s not playing nice

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It’s apparently beat-up Brad Keselowski day, and he’s okay with that. The 2012 NASCAR champion has pretty thick skin, so he can handle the barbs hurled his way since his poor showing Sunday at Talladega … 0

NASCAR should leave Mears and Ambrose without punishment after scuffle

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Quick quiz: Who won the 1979 Daytona 500? The answer, of course, is Richard Petty. But very few people – if any – equate that race with “The King” grabbing the sixth of his seven … 0

Duel at the end, then fisticuffs in Sprint Cup race

Sunday, April 27, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. – From perfect weather and a big crowd to a classic short-track finish and the fisticuffs afterward, NASCAR hardly could have asked for more from its first visit to Richmond International Raceway. Joey Logano emerged as … 0

Chase Elliott turns his own passion for racing into wins

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Chase Elliott isn’t really sure what he has accomplished the last two weeks in becoming the youngest Nationwide driver with multiple victories. Elliott acknowledged he was still in shock over his first series win at … 0

Harvick wins from the pole in Southern 500

Saturday, April 12, 2014

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Kevin Harvick capped his biggest weekend at Darlington Raceway with his first Southern 500 victory last night, passing Dale Earnhardt Jr. two laps from the end of the longest race in the track’s 65-year NASCAR … 0

Tires the talk of Texas

Sunday, April 6, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas – Tires remained the hot topic at Texas Motor Speedway, where NASCAR and Goodyear took the unprecedented step of discussing the compound selected for today’s race before a single lap had been turned. Goodyear’s multi-zone … 0

Johnson appreciates Hendrick links to Martinsville

Sunday, March 30, 2014

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Jimmie Johnson doesn’t dwell on the negatives when he thinks about himself or his Hendrick Motorsports team when it comes to Martinsville Speedway, and that’s more than understandable. He has won eight times at the track in 24 career starts. The first of them, however, … 0

Headlines from around the world in sports

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tennis Murray, Djokovic to meet again at Key Biscayne KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Andy Murray heard a fan clamoring for a souvenir towel and tried to oblige by tossing one toward the courtside seats. His throw fell way short. That was about the only mistake Murray made yesterday … 0

Weather impossible to predict, but good scheduling can help

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Of the many things NASCAR can’t control, the weather is at the top of the list. NASCAR can’t make it be warm and sunny every race day and NASCAR can’t stave off rain showers or … 0

NASCAR to allow cool-down units on pit road

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Moving swiftly to address driver safety concerns, NASCAR yesterday banned cool-down laps and will start allowing teams to hook up cooling units to their engines on pit road – the first major changes to the … 0

Dangers during qualifying have Sprint Cup drivers seeing red

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR would be hard-pressed to find many fans who don’t prefer the drama and intrigue of the new, knockout qualifying format over the old system of single-car runs. But the rules have created a wrinkle … 0

Keselowski to start on pole at Phoenix

Saturday, March 1, 2014

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Brad Keselowski earned the pole at Phoenix International Raceway after making it through NASCAR’s new knockout-style qualifying yesterday. Keselowski had a fast lap of 139.384 mph, circling the mile oval in 25.828 seconds to earn a spot on the front row next to Joey Logano … 0